stop crying
twenty-one and fresh to my friends
in the last of their teens

I have not built the tolerance
they have for spiked soft drinks.

one sip and I figure
that coke never survives the rum
regardless of how little you put in.
talk about ruining childhood.

in a year or two
I will want that taste in my mouth
for the sake of taste
and only after I've found out what stress really is.

figure I can handle glass after glass
if it's only once in while.

I'm not crying
nineteen and fresh to me
wait until you're in your twenties